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Assemblymember Wood Honors District Woman of the Year Alena Wall

SACRAMENTO—Today, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) announced Alena Wall of Santa Rosa as the second Assembly District’s Woman of the Year.

“When Alena’s name came up many times over as leading the fight in Sonoma County to defeat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease,” said Wood, “I knew she deserved to be recognized.”

AB 265 Protects Consumers from Drug Company Coupon Practices

SACRAMENTO - Yesterday, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), a dentist by profession and chair of the Assembly Health Committee, introduced AB 265, legislation that would prohibit the use of coupons for pharmaceutical drugs when other FDA-approved drugs are available and less expensive.

AB 275 Protects Residents Affected by Skilled Nursing Facility Closures

SACRAMENTO —Today, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), introduced AB 275 that would provide additional protections to residents of skilled nursing facilities when those facilities have a change in license status or operation, such as closure. “Residents of skilled nursing facilities are among our most vulnerable citizens and they must be protected,” said Wood.

Drug Prices, Opioids, And Obamacare: A Conversation With Assemblyman Jim Wood

California policymakers are facing a busy year, as a Republican-controlled Congress inches closer to rolling back key provisions of the Affordable Care Act and debate over high drug costs continues.

Assemblymember Jim Wood, D–Healdsburg, helps set priorities for health policymaking as chairman of the Assembly Health Committee. The former family dentist represents a 300-mile Northern California coastal stretch that spans from Sonoma County all the way up to the Oregon border.

Assemblymember Jim Wood Honors Judge Harold E. Neville, Jr. of Humboldt County

SACRAMENTO – On January 5, during one of the first days of the 2017 State Assembly’s Regular Session, Asm. Jim Wood honored the life of Judge Harold E. Neville, Jr. by adjourning in his memory. Judge Neville died December 6, 2016. He served as one of the most respected judges in Humboldt County for many years.

“Judge Neville was a larger-than-life personality,” said Asm. Jim Wood, who represents Humboldt County. “I was proud to honor Judge Neville and the positive impact he had on so many people.”

Assemblymember Jim Wood Reappointed Chair of Assembly Health Committee

SACRAMENTO – Today Speaker Anthony Rendon announced the reappointment of Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) as chair of the Assembly Health Committee.

“I am grateful to be given the privilege of continuing to serve as chair of the Assembly Health Committee,” said Wood. “We tackled some difficult issues last session, and working with our colleagues from across the aisle, we tightened restrictions on the sale of tobacco to young people, protected consumers from unwarranted billing when receiving care from in-network health care providers, increased children’s access to preventive health care and mental health services, improved access to investigational drugs for seriously ill patients and improved food safety, to name a few.”

Governor signs bill that can help improve rural access to broadband services

SACRAMENTO – On Friday Assemblymember Jim Wood’s (D-Healdsburg) legislation to improve access to broadband technology, AB 1549, was signed by the Governor.

This bill requires the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to notify companies and organizations working on broadband deployment, such as the Redwood Coast Connect Consortium and the Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County, of projects that involve construction methods suitable for installing broadband conduit and to place these notifications on the Caltrans website. It also allows interested companies and organizations to collaborate with Caltrans to install broadband conduit as part of each project. In addition, Caltrans, beginning in 2018, must develop guidelines to facilitate the installation of broadband conduit on state highway rights-of-way.